Famous April birthdays

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Famous April birthdays

April brings spring showers and the birthdays of a chimpanzee expert, a former secretary of state, and a political matriarch. Check out these famous people and others who will turn a year older this month. See gallery

 
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Rachel Maddow

Date of birth: April 1

 

Television host Rachel Maddow (see pictures) has a nightly news and opinion show (what show?) that frequently focuses on politics. She began her career in radio and once hosted her own radio show.

 

Who else was born this day?

A Scottish singer who wowed audiences on “Britain’s Got Talent”

An actress, dancer and singer who rose to fame in the 1950s

A WWE wrestler who comes from a wrestling family

 
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Christopher Meloni

Date of birth: April 2

 

Actor Christopher Meloni (see pictures) is best known for his role as a police detective on “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit.” He joined the cast of a vampire television series (what show?) last year.

 

Who else was born this day?

A film director famous for his romantic comedies

A singer-songwriter known for her vocal collaborations

An actor who plays a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent in several comic book-inspired movies

 
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Jane Goodall

Date of birth: April 3

 

Primatologist and animal welfare activist Jane Goodall (see pictures) spent most of her career studying chimpanzees in Gombe Stream National Park (where?). An accomplished author, she has written many books, including several children’s books (get her books).

 

Who else was born that day?

An actor and comedian who got his start on “SNL”

The only daughter of the “King of Pop”

An actor and oldest of four acting brothers

 
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Maya Angelou

Date of birth: April 4

 

Author Maya Angelou (see pictures) is best-known for her autobiographical books and her poetry (get her books). She was a civil-rights activist and worked for an influential leader (who?).

 

Who else was born this day?

A former “Brat Pack” actor known for his role as an ironclad superhero

An illusionist famous for his record-setting endurance acts

A record executive who recently published his memoir

 
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Colin Powell

Date of birth: April 5

 

Retired general Colin Powell (see pictures) served as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (who appointed him?) before his term as secretary of state (under which president?). Although he is a Republican, he supported President Obama in the 2008 and 2012 elections.

 

Who else was born this day?

A singer and member of a Swedish pop group

A lead guitarist and co-founder of an alternative rock band

An actor and half of a 1990s rap duo

 
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Zach Braff

Date of birth: April 6

 

Actor Zach Braff (see pictures) is well-known for his role as a quirky doctor on “Scrubs” (watch him on the show). He also directed several episodes of his television show as well as a popular independent movie (what movie?).

 

Who else was born this day?

A legendary country music singer who helped popularize "outlaw country"

A former television child star who wrote a best-selling fitness book

An actor famous for his role as a nerdy mailman

 
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Jackie Chan

Date of birth: April 7

 

Actor and martial artist Jackie Chan (see pictures) is recognized by his choreographed fight sequences and stunts in his movies. He established two charities (this one and this one) to benefit various needs in China and Hong Kong.

 

Who else was born this day?

An Oscar-winning actor who plays in a rock band

A legendary film director who owns a vineyard

A British journalist who famously interviewed a U.S. president

 
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John Schneider

Date of birth: April 8

 

Actor and singer John Schneider (see pictures) got his start on the 1970s television series “The Dukes of Hazzard” and returned to television as the adoptive father of a superhero (what show?). He co-founded (with who?) a charity benefiting children (what charity?).

 

Who else was born this day?

A musician and son of a member of a legendary band

An actress well-known for her role as the love interest of a simple character

A child actress who stars on a Disney Channel show

 
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Leighton Meester

Date of birth: April 9

 

Actress Leighton Meester (see pictures) had her career breakout in the teen drama “Gossip Girl.” She got to show off her vocal skills in a country music movie (which one?).

 

Who else was born this day?

An actress who played the love interest of a vampire

A publisher of a long-running men’s magazine

A former child star on a popular 1980s sitcom who appeared in movies as an adult

 
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John Madden

Date of birth: April 10

 

Former NFL coach (what team?) John Madden (see pictures) is well-known for his sports broadcasting career. His name is also recognized for his video game series (get his games).

 

Who else was born this day?

A pop singer and talented actress in romantic comedies

An actor and martial artist who became a deputy sheriff

A former child actor who rose to fame in a horror movie

 
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Ethel Kennedy

Date of birth: April 11

 

Ethel Kennedy (see pictures) is the widow of former Attorney General of the United States Robert F. Kennedy. Her youngest daughter (who?) recently produced and directed a documentary about her life (what movie?).

 

Who else was born this day?

A first baseman who was part of a World Series-winning team

A former child actress who began her career in a fantasy film

A Brazilian model famous for her work with Victoria’s Secret

 
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Ed O’Neill

Date of birth: April 12

 

Actor Ed O’Neill (see pictures) is best-known as blue-collar dad Al Bundy on “Married … With Children.” His current role (on what show?) has earned him two Emmy Award nominations.

 

Who else was born this day?

A country music singer who married a popular Christian singer

A late-night talk show host famous for his “Top 10” lists

An author best-known for his military thrillers

 
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Ron Perlman

Date of birth: April 13

 

Actor Ron Perlman (see pictures) has played some lovable but scary characters (like this comic book hero). He currently stars in the motorcycle gang drama “Sons of Anarchy.”

 

Who else was born this day?

A former child sitcom star who joined a police drama as an adult

A drummer and former bandleader for a late-night talk show

A gospel and soul singer who had a string of hit songs in the 1970s

 
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Pete Rose

Date of birth: April 14

 

Former MLB star Pete Rose (see pictures) won three World Series Championships and was a manager for one of his former teams (which one?). Baseball gambling allegations made him ineligible for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

 

Who else was born this day?

A legendary country music singer who had a hit movie made about her life

An Oscar-winning actor who has worked as a runway model

An actor who played a neglected older brother

 
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Dara Torres

Date of birth: April 15

 

Swimmer Dara Torres (see pictures) has won 12 Olympic medals in the five Olympics in which she has competed. She is involved in an organization (what organization?) dedicated to raising money for cancer research. 

 

Who else was born this day?

An actress famous for a magical role

A British actress who has starred on film, television and stage

An actor, comedian and screenwriter who has penned several of his own movies

 
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Jon Cryer

Date of birth: April 16

 

Actor Jon Cryer (see pictures) played his breakout role in a John Hughes film (what movie?). His current sitcom, “Two and a Half Men,” is in its 10th season.

 

Who else was born this day?

A former church leader who recently resigned his position

An NFL coach who has taken his current team to five Super Bowls

A director and producer who got his start as a child actor in a popular Christmas movie

 
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Victoria Beckham

Date of birth: April 17

 

Victoria Beckham (see pictures) rose to fame as part of the British all-girl group Spice Girls (get their albums). The group briefly reunited to play the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Summer Olympics (watch them perform).

 

Who else was born this day?

A television and film actress who is part of a Hollywood power couple

A former NFL quarterback and current football commentator

An Oscar-nominated actress who starred in a film based on a popular book series

 
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Jeff Dunham

Date of birth: April 18

 

Comedian and ventriloquist Jeff Dunham (see pictures) has entertained audiences with his many characters, including Walter and Jose Jalapeno on a Stick (watch him perform). You can catch him and his characters live on his tour (get tour dates).

 

Who else was born this day?

A reality personality who stars in several shows with her family

A British child actress famous for playing twin sisters

A comedian and late-night talk-show host who had a short run on “The Tonight Show”

 
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Troy Polamalu

Date of birth: April 19

 

NFL star Troy Polamalu (see pictures) is a two-time Super Bowl champion (with what team?). Recognized by his long, flowing hair, he has appeared in several commercials for a shampoo brand (what brand?).

 

Who else was born this day?

An actress with a country music duo in her family

An “Almost Famous” actress with a famous mother

An Oscar-nominated actor who also teaches at a university

 
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Shemar Moore

Date of birth: April 20

 

Former soap opera star (what show?) Shemar Moore (see pictures) now stars as an investigator on “Criminal Minds.” He hosted a musical television show (what show?) for three years.

 

Who else was born this day?

An actor famous for a television sci-fi role

A former “Baywatch” babe who made several appearances in a men’s magazine

A British actor who played a computer-generated fantasy creature

 
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Queen Elizabeth II

Date of birth: April 21

 

Queen Elizabeth II (see pictures) ascended to the throne in 1952 following the death of her father (who?). She celebrated her Diamond Jubilee last year (see pictures from the event).

 

Who else was born this day?

An NFL quarterback for “America’s Team”

A television sitcom star who became a high school English teacher

An actress who started her career as a model

 
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Sherri Shepherd

Date of birth: April 22

 

Actress and comedian Sherri Shepherd (see pictures) brings her opinions as a co-host of the daytime talk show “The View.” She is also the current host of a long-running game show (what show?).

 

Who else was born this day?

A multiple Oscar winner who is known to play dark and disturbed characters

A legendary country music singer who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease

A comedic actor recognized for his improvisational skills

 
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George Lopez

Date of birth: April 23

 

George Lopez (see pictures) rose to fame as a stand-up comic (watch him perform) and on his sitcom, “George Lopez.”  He had a late-night talk show (what show?) for two seasons.

 

Who else was born this day?

An iconic child star in the 1930s who became a U.S. ambassador

A sitcom star and spokesperson for a weight loss company

A documentary filmmaker and political activist

 
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Kelly Clarkson

Date of birth: April 24

 

Pop singer Kelly Clarkson (see pictures) started her music career (get her music) by winning the first season of “American Idol.” She announced her engagement (to whom?) in December.

 

Who else was born this day?

A legendary singer and actress whose career has spanned six decades

An Oscar-winning actress who has an interest in New Age mysticism

An actor and stand-up comedian who has appeared in film and television

 
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Al Pacino

Date of birth: April 25

 

Oscar-winning actor (for what movie?) Al Pacino (see pictures) made his breakthrough performance in “The Godfather.” He will star as a football coach (who?) in an upcoming movie (read the coverage).

 

Who else was born this day?

An American actress well-known for her role as a single British woman

An NBA star who has won the NBA championship four times

An actress who played a mobster’s daughter and a boxer’s wife

 
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Channing Tatum

Date of birth: April 27

 

Radio star Casey Kasem (see pictures) co-created the popular music countdown show “American Top 40.” He also was the voice of a well-known cartoon character (who?).

 

Who else was born this day?

A fashion photographer who was a judge on a reality show

A former con man who was the inspiration for a movie

A pop singer who once worked with Prince

 
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Casey Kasem

Date of birth: April 27

 

Radio star Casey Kasem (see pictures) co-created the popular music countdown show “American Top 40.” He also was the voice of a well-known cartoon character (who?).

 

Who else was born this day?

A fashion photographer who was a judge on a reality show

A former con man who was the inspiration for a movie

A pop singer who once worked with Prince

 
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Jessica Alba

Date of birth: April 28

 

Actress Jessica Alba (see pictures) will reprise her role in a neo-noir sequel (what movie?) later this year. She started a company (what company?) that provides natural products.

 

Who else was born this day?

A late night talk show host known for his love of cars

A singer, dancer and actress who starred with Elvis

A Pulitzer Prize-winning author who wrote about racism

 
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Daniel Day-Lewis

Date of birth: April 29

 

British actor Daniel Day-Lewis (see pictures) is the only actor to win three Oscars in the Best Actor category with his most recent win (for this film). Known for being choosy about his roles, three years had elapsed between his last two movies (he starred in this 2009 film).

 

Who else was born this day?

A stand-up comedian who starred in a sitcom about nothing

An actress who has appeared in several Quentin Tarantino films

An actress who once played a feline comic book villain

 
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Johnny Galecki

Date of birth: April 30

 

Actor Johnny Galecki (see pictures) currently stars on the popular sitcom “The Big Bang Theory” (watch clips) with co-stars from a former sitcom (which one?).  He started his career as a child actor and starred in a popular Christmas movie (what movie?).

 

Who else was born this day?

A legendary country music singer who wants to legalize marijuana

The prime minister of a North American country

An actor who shares a birthday with his sitcom co-star